Queens College named one of nation’s best public colleges: Report

Queens College named one of nation’s best public colleges: Report
By Naeisha Rose

The U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 Best Colleges edition featured several City University of New York institutions in its list for top public colleges, including one from Queens.

Ranking 14th out of the 47 schools on the list was Queens College — located at 65-30 Kissena Blvd in Flushing.

The 81-year-old public college has more than 100 majors and career building programs in the arts, humanities, education, mathematics, natural sciences and social sciences, according to U.S. News.

The school has a campus that spans 84 acres and has a total undergraduate enrollment of 16,680 in a borough where the locals speak more than 170 languages, according to the school’s website. Graduate students are offered programs in business, library and information studies, speech-language pathology and many others.

The school ranked sixth out of 10 among the schools with the best English as a Second Language programs, according to schools.com, a resource for individuals searching for undergraduate, graduate and certificate and diploma programs in 2017.

The school provides flexibility for students, including inexpensive day care services for students with children and a weekend college, which helps a student body in which a quarter of the students are ages 25 or older, according to U.S. News.

There are more than 100 clubs, intramural sports and varsity athletic programs for students to explore on the campus, and its 20 intercollegiate Queens College Knights teams compete in the NCAA Division II East Coast Conference.

In 2014, Washington Monthly, a bimonthly nonprofit magazine, ranked Queens College second out of 386 schools for its “Best-Bang-For-The-Buck” college after analyzing 1,540 universities.

The college is also known for its affordable tuition rates. According to U.S. News, tuition for an in-state student is $7,138 and $18,008 for an out-of-state student.

In 2017, Gov. Andrew Cuomo launched the Excelsior Scholarship to provide free public college tuition for in-state students whose families earn below $100,000. In 2017, 400 Queens College students were eligible for the scholarship, according to Elizabeth Bibi, a spokeswoman for the governor. In 2019, the cap will rise to $125,000.

Queens College has also been featured in U.S. News & World Report’s lists for Best Value Schools, Best Undergraduate Teaching program, Best Colleges for Veterans and best Regional Universities North.

Reach reporter Naeisha Rose by e-mail at nrose@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4573.

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